About IALS Digital

IALS Digital forms a basis for the provision of consultancy services, hosting services for open access journals and monographs, research grant applications as well as the extension of digital projects and partnerships.

IALS Digital, building on successful work of the Institute and its Library, aims to focus the current IS Team on maximising the benefits for legal research and scholarship from digital developments in communications technology and publishing methods.

Many of our award winning digital resources result from Information Initiatives in the IALS Library.

Objectives for IALS Digital

  • Further develop content creation, curation and editorial roles in publications (Website, web databases and Open Access journals and Open Access monograph)
  • Manage IALS website
  • Review and manage IALS online web databases and legal research tools
  • Establish new reporting framework to demonstrate usage and impact
  • Further develop content creation, management and preservation (through digitisation initiatives eg IALS early Judicial Committee of the Privy Council papers and selected items from collections and archives)
  • Further develop roles in investigating and applying best practice re: metadata and resource description, search and retrieval methodology and technology, interfaces, Interaction and user experience (through web database and IALS digital resource creation and enhancement – ie the combined creation and update of content and tools)
  • Further develop training roles – internally with support for technology enabled research for colleagues and IALS students and IALS Library members and externally through training events (group sessions and one-to-one appointments) and web delivery (themes such as Open Access, use of applications for legal research, information visualisation) via Libguides and Law Port and VLE and YouTube channel.
  • Extend scholarly communications (via digital publication, library discovery catalogue, website, social media, events and outreach participation)
  • Increase use of social media across the range of IALS activities
  • Continue development of IALS digital infrastructure collaboration (SAS, SHL, ULCC)
  • Identify funding opportunities and make funding bids
  • Further develop collaborative roles – enabling collaboration through digital projects and initiatives (with Fellows, School, Associates, learned societies [eg FALM, LERN])

IALS is an elected member of the worldwide Free Access to Law Movement (FALM)

FALM is an alliance of over 40 institutes and organisations which subscribe to the Declaration on Free Access to Law and collaborate in the free provision of legal information and on global policy issues.

Page last updated: 16th September 2022